In a nutshell: A delightfully fresh and fruity Champagne with a touch of richness from a small, family owned house.
The lowdown: Champagne Gremillet are based in the south of the region where the fruit can often reach a higher degree of ripeness giving richer fruit and classically biscuity flavours to the wine. This part of the world is also Pinot Noir country and this makes up 70% of the blend with Chardonnay accounting for the rest. Only the first, lightest pressings are used, as is usual for fine Champagne. Classic slow second fermentation in bottle followed by maturing on the lees for at least 18 months before being disgorged and released for sale. It's got lovely fresh, floral aromas which combine with characteristic sweet brioche overtones, balanced by peach skin and baked biscuit flavours which lead to a pleasingly crisp and citrus finish.
When to drink: Nicely chilled it's a great performer just on its own, but also pefect with light nibbles, salads and simple fish dishes.
The Gremillet family have been winegrowers since the 18th century but it wasn't until 1979 that they started making Champagne under their own name. In a competitive market they found their first niche in export markets and in particular they supplied more than fifty embassies and consulates around the world. selecting Gremillet for their prestigious receptions.
Currently in the hands of sister and brother Anne and Jean-Christophe Gremillet and their respective spouses Stephane and Karine the estate is located in Balnot-sur-Laignes, south east of Champagne's historic capital, Troyes. Their vineyards extend to 40 hectares on the Côte des Bars three quarters of which are Pinot Noir.